Kovalev's Manager: It Was Not Easy To Get a 3/29 Foe

By Yuri Tarantin

Last week it was announced that the world light heavyweight champion of the WBO, 30-year-old Russian boxer Sergei Kovalev (23-0-1, 21KOs), would defend his belt against 27-year-old American Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13KOs) on March 29th in Atlantic City. Kovalev's manager, Egis Klimas, said it was very difficult to get an opponent for the March date, because a lot of fighters turned them down and the pickings were very slim to find someone who the WBO, and HBO, would approve.

"As for the opponent, I confess that we didn't have much of a choice. His selection was necessary to coordinate with HBO and of course with the WBO. So Cedric Agnew became the best option - he is young, promising and has a good record. These days it is not easy to pick opponents for Kovalev, so it was significant that Agnew accepted the challenge and agreed to fight," Klimas said.

Kovalev is already training hard for the contest.

"Currently, Sergey is in the mountains of Big Bear where he is holding his physical preparations for the upcoming fight," Klimas said.

Yuri Tarantin covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=Evil Abed;14244931]Kovalev and GGG are the Real Chin checkers. GGG has been avioded more than any other fighter. It's not even close. Cleverly went after Kovalev. That would have been like Sturm going after GGG. Instead he used lawyers to…

Comment by King_ on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=antawain28;14245531]Get of of Kovalevs nuts he is fighting a nobody just like he has fought nobody's so far Stevenson has fought SLIGHTLY better opponents and is fighting another better opponent and when he beats Kovalev then what will you have…

Comment by hitking on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=uncommon;14245361]What's genuinely funny is, it really bothers you that Kovalev is swatting your heroes like flies.:lol1:[/QUOTE] My heros???

Comment by antawain28 on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=daggum;14245414]where was Edwin rodriguez during the super six? ward turned down fights against bute and stevenson for edwin rodriguez? why does hbo pay this dud so much money? his ratings suck and he won't fight anyone. he's turned himself into…

Comment by antawain28 on 02-17-2014

[QUOTE=daggum;14245169]andre ward? he ducked bute and Stevenson. guys in his own division.[/QUOTE] Actually he didn't duck any of those guys Bute was already damaged good and before Bute lost he was fighting nobody's in Canada after Ward had just fought…

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